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EUROPE DAY: What can Europe do to protect crafts?
By Fatiha AKSSISE
The European Union has made unity and cooperation one of its pillars to build a European identity. In this perspective a « Europe Day », celebrated on 9 May, was introduced in 1985 to celebrate « unity and peace in Europe ». This is reflected through cohesion policies and programs in different fields. Thus, craftsmanship is one of these key sectors in which actions took place in order to implement a pan-European identity. The question that arises is: how can we define crafts in the European context? In other words, how craftsmen contribute to the creation of a European identity and how do they identify with it. Read the article
Mad’in Europe, official partner of the “NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS”
We are very proud to announce that Mad’in Europe is one of the official Partners of the “New European Bauhaus”. Launched in September by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the “New European Bauhaus” aims to “make the ‘Green Deal’ a cultural, human-centered and positive, tangible experience. It intends to bring about a green transformation of the built environment and the construction sector and at the same time trigger a broad discussion about future ways of living together, at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and innovation.”
We will do our best to support this initiative and to highlight how traditional craft can contribute in building a new way of living together.
SEE THE WEBSITE OF: “NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS”
Women in Art and Crafts History
By Maria Giulia Nencini / Mad’in Europe
Women in Art and Crafts Movement: female artists began their fight for an equal place in the art world, by addressing the traditional notions of crafts and decorative arts.
The Arts and Crafts movement was an international trend in the decorative and fine arts that developed earliest and principally in the British Isles and subsequently spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and America. Its ideology derived from two influential figures: the art critic John Ruskin and the designer and writer William Morris. Ruskin developed the need to rediscover craftsmanship and restore the pre-Victorian ideals of beauty, which later were put in writing and art form by William Morris.
” … Traditional craftsmanship is perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. However, the 2003 Convention is mainly concerned with the skills and knowledge involved in craftsmanship rather than the craft products themselves. Rather than focusing on preserving craft objects, safeguarding attempts should instead concentrate on encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills and knowledge onto others, particularly within their own communities…. ”
From the text of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Intangible Cultural Heritage – UNESCO
Jordi Domenech Brunet – Master of Boveda Catalana (Catalan Vault)
Read our article : Lime, a never equaled material
Irreplaceable since the beginning, used by men of the Antiquity, limestone is an extraordinary stone which, when subjected to fire, loses some of its properties to acquire more precious ones…
ARTICLE : Print & Typography, for a free Wor(l)d
“Typography is the use of art to advocate, communicate, celebrate, educate, elaborate, illuminate and disseminate. Along the way, the words and pages become art.” – James Felici, The Complete Manual of Typography by Giorgia Pizzato …
MANIFESTO TOWARDS A EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR CRAFT – Mad’in Europe signed the “World Crafts Council Manifesto”, a six-point action plan to ensure the survival and development of craft for future generations. read more